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'''Jane Austen''' (; 16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels which interpret, critique and comment upon the life of the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Her most highly praised novel during her lifetime was ''Pride and Prejudice'', her second published novel. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security. The author's major novels are rarely out of print today, although they were first published anonymously and brought her little fame and brief reviews during her lifetime. A significant transition in her posthumous reputation as an author occurred in 1869, fifty-two years after her death, when her nephew's publication...
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Birth placeSteventon, Hampshire|Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England
Death date{{Death date and age|1817|7|18|1775|12|16|df=yes}}
Death placeWinchester, Hampshire, England
Resting placeWinchester Cathedral, Hampshire, England
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Alma mater| period = 1787 to 1809–11
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